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Norwegian politicians still demand Libya answers. The Socialist Left Party (SV) is not content with how Norway’s military role in Libya has panned out. Petter Eide, SV’s recently appointed international leader, tells The Foreigner the Party will be discussing what action to take at this weekend’s conference in Oslo. “As part of the tripartite Coalition we support and take responsibility for the campaign, but fear there are important issues to be discussed, regardless of this,” he says.

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Norwegian politicians still demand Libya answers

Published on Wednesday, 4th May, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th May 2011 at 00:22.

The Socialist Left Party (SV) is not content with how Norway’s military role in Libya has panned out.

A Norwegian F-16 after a mission
A Norwegian F-16 after a mission
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun, Forsvaret


Petter Eide, SV’s recently appointed international leader, tells The Foreigner the Party will be discussing what action to take at this weekend’s conference in Oslo.

“As part of the tripartite Coalition we support and take responsibility for the campaign, but fear there are important issues to be discussed, regardless of this,” he says.

The public political row between SV and Labour (Ap) has been ongoing since Norway’s participation in last week’s bombing of Colonel Gaddafi’s Tripoli office, which Libyan authorities allege was designed to kill him.

Minister of Defence Grete Faremo was reluctant to divulge many details of this operation, but remained completely silent regarding yet another bombing mission on Gaddafi’s residence at the weekend. One of his sons and three grandchildren died in the attack.

Mr Eide says the Party finds it important that Norway’s participation is strictly defined, demanding three things.

“We feel the dividing line between military and civilian parts of the campaign has become blurred, and are very uncomfortable with the current pattern. It appears as though a war is being conducted on behalf of the civilians, but fear the Norwegian military is being used to support just one part. Its role is to support the civilians, not participate in a civilian war.”

He continues, saying, “in relation to Colonel Gaddafi’s position, we believe NATO should be reminded of its role to keep him alive, so that his fate to be decided by and international court. It would be regrettable if air strikes took him out.”

SV also demands clarification from NATO that it is following the rules of war, according to Mr Eide, who feels non-compliance will lead to a critical debate in the near future.

Minister Faremo has been gradually modifying her initial policy of secrecy surrounding Norwegian operations, however.

“She has become more open regarding the number of bombs dropped, especially since the details were revealed by the international media. Norwegian papers had nothing to report, but everyone could read about it abroad,” says Mr Eide.




Published on Wednesday, 4th May, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th May 2011 at 00:22.

This post has the following tags: muammaral-gaddafi, pettereide, gretefaremo, libya.





  
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